Luck hasn’t been on the Minnesota Wild’s side lately. They’ve lost key players like Mikko Koivu and Niklas Backstrom due to injuries and have been in a free fall. Still, they had a 3-1 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes late in the second period of Saturday’s game. And then this happened:
The incident was out of Devin Setoguchi’s control, but it did prove to be the turning point of this game. The Carolina Hurricanes built off that lucky break and scored three unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 victory. Minnesota has now lost eight of their last nine games.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger